Ritul Madhukar reviews the problems being discussed in the UN General Assembly, and presents her views and potential solutions to the problem.
“Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.” -John F. Kennedy.
When former U.S. President, John F. Kennedy mentioned mankind in these famous lines, I’m certain he referred to all aspects of mankind- the one that has the power to destroy, and the one that has the power to conserve and prevent; the one that spreads violence for reasons of radicalism and terrorism, and the one that uses violent measures to combat the former. He also spoke of the ones holding the position of power, as well as the responsibility to take humanitarian measure and ensure the peaceful continuity of this species.
The United Nations, from its inception has been the final kind – ones who need to approach every issue keeping the lives of the commoners above all. But it is as they say; desperate times call for desperate measures.
Not long after the UN was formed, it had to carry out peacekeeping missions which required the use of guns and fire-power against guns and fire-power, in order to re-establish peace.
Ladies and gentlemen, we sit here today in the General Assembly of the United Nations, 72 years after the first meeting of the UN in Westminster Central Hall in London, only to find ourselves in a state of utter dilemma.
On one hand is the issue of combating the terrorist organization ISIS; curbing a radical Islamic group that only exists to propagate its ideas with violence as the whip. And on the other hand are refugees; Syrian, Palestinian, Libyan – you name it. Innocent and helpless people caught in the middle of wars they never wanted to be a part of.
Ideally, when the two situations are taken void of the other the matter becomes much simpler, comparatively speaking.
Since all the peace talks have yielded nothing, you combat ISIS with air and ground strikes, forcing them to retreat and then ultimately to submission. This is what USA has been doing so far; conducting air-strikes on the regions infiltrated by the radical group.
Whereas for the refugees, you first provide the immediate basic needs such as food and water and then work towards evacuation and rehabilitation.
However, when you mix the two, as this committee’s agenda has forced the delegates to, you find before you a quite intangible mess. A mess which requires a veritable balance between the use of violence and attending to the humanitarian needs of the time in order to promulgate peace, and eventually reach resolution.
The Israel-Palestine issue, upon which the committee debated on the very first day, is a pressing one indeed. The call for a separate Palestinian state has been supported by all, but the delegates seem to forget that this can’t be done until they find a way to resolve the internal conflicts of the area, which, needless to say, isn’t that simple.
The regions in Israel which are currently occupied by the Palestinians is scattered, which makes drawing borders hard. Additionally, taking the radical extremist group Hamas into consideration, matters become worse.
The holy city of Jerusalem is another problem all together. It has high concentrations of Jews, Arabs and Christians and thus requires a separate set of rules to govern it, so that all religious groups can be satisfied.
None of these matters will be addressed until and unless the Israeli and Palestinian governments agree to work towards a peace treaty and put in a combined effort to smoothen out the ethnic radical groups present in that area.
The committee must ensure that the partition causes the least possible amount of disruption and the displaced people are rehabilitated immediately.
Combating ISIS is the other big hurdle the committee must smoothly jump over. The United States has been actively involved in negotiations with this terrorist organization, with failed outcomes. It has thus been forced resort to solutions such as carrying out air-strikes in parts of Syria to take down ISIS strongholds.
This has proven to be the sole effective way to combat the ISIS forces and so the committee must take similar action in this case.
Air strikes directed at the heart of the ISIS with the assistance of financially advanced countries is the only way to make an impact big enough to potentially uproot the extremists.
Together, this would make an effective plan of action, or at least the foundation of one. Should the delegates try to avoid any of these questions, people all over the globe will suffer, and the fire of violence will continue to engulf the woods of peace.